What Are You Thinking?

Do you know what you’re thinking about right now? Are your thoughts moving you to your Purpose, Vision, and Goals? The idea of being in touch with personal thoughts intrigues me because I believe that what we think and believe causes our emotions and emotions lead to action.

Be aware if you are in the past, present or future. Present thoughts are those of mindfulness, experiencing life to the fullest, e.g. ”smelling the roses”, paying close attention to the people who are close to us or focused on work. Past thoughts may be a reliving of the “glory days” or painful events. Future thoughts are about where we are headed…planning and envisioning, maybe worrying.

Be aware if you are having positive thoughts or negative ones. Negative thoughts tend to slow us down, we run away from something, like the brakes on a car. Positive thoughts are like the gas pedal; the more you think positively, the faster you move toward your future. Henry Ford

Henry Ford said “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”

Our brain seems to have a life of its own. Ideas, memories, challenges seem to bounce around like a pinball. I’m simply suggesting a very small step to be fully aware of your thoughts. Find a way to pause and consider. Changing our thoughts is even more important. Changing thoughts and underlying beliefs is an idea worth exploring to live to your potential.

 

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March Madness

Basketball is in the air. Brackets have been filled out, and basketball fans are rooting for their favorite teams. There are buzzer beaters, upsets and chaos all around. You know what? March Madness can be a lot like life. 
The goal of the NCAA Tournament is to win it all, but let’s be realistic. One team is the winner, and sixty-seven of the teams go home losers of their last game. They failed to reach their goal.
When we fail to reach a goal in life how we handle it is huge. Some people persevere and try again. Some people change their goal or try something entirely different. Some people try alcohol or drugs to ease the pain, especially if they haven’t been taught how to handle failure.
At Reset, we help equip residents with the tools they need to be successful in life. This includes new life skills, a supportive community and helping residents set goals that are achievable.
By working as a team, we help our residents achieve their goals!

Walking It Out

Being sober is an essential requirement to being a part of Reset. Our residents have to have some sobriety under their belt and be actively engaged in recovery meetings. Our goal is to help them learn a better way of dealing with life issues so that they can experience their true purpose in life.

How do we help a resident along their journey? We build into them with lots of support from staff, volunteers and growth opportunities. These include the following.

Spiritual growth: We have bible studies every Monday and residents are required to find a home church.

Financial growth: Residents develop a budget (many for the first time) and can participate in a savings program where Reset contributes to their savings upon graduation.

Personal Coaching: Each resident gets a coach who can help them talk through tough decisions, encourage them and hold them accountable when needed.

Socialization: We take residents out as a group bowling, to Reds games and other activities to help them acclimate to doing fun things sober.

As a resident works toward graduating from Reset, they need to meet several milestones along the way to ensure they are on the path to success. We believe God has a purpose for everyone that walks through Resets door.

Documentary Shines Spotlight on Greater Cincinnati Heroin Epidemic

From WLWT.

As Greater Cincinnati struggles to contain a growing heroin epidemic, Adam Steele decided to capture the drug’s devastation with his camera. While he worked by day as a landscaper, Steele became an amateur filmmaker at night because as a dad, he became worried his kids might be exposed to a pill or a needle that could change their lives forever.

“It’s terrifying, to be honest,” Steele said. “Very, very terrifying.”

Steele talked about the impact illegal opioids, like heroin, have had on the community he calls home.

“I grew up here in West Chester, Ohio,” Steele said. “I’ve been here most of my life, since about 5, 6 years old.”

For the past two years, Steele used his passion for filmmaking to document the damage heroin has done.

Read more about the film here. It premiers at the AMC Theater in West Chester on March 11th. Buy tickets here.

Vulnerability

Brokenness and vulnerability can come from many places. Often, we see people who come to us that have experienced brokenness in their childhood or early adult life. Pain and suffering that has exposed them to people or circumstances that are not healthy.

They are vulnerable to these influences and often end up making bad choices. When we dig a little deeper into their choices we learn that they have never been equipped with the life skills to handle conflict and adversity. Their vulnerability stems from a lack of family, community, and support.

As we work with residents at Reset we want to help them shift their thinking and learn new life skills. A big part of growing is learning a new way to be vulnerable as described in scripture.

James 5:16: “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

This process can be therapeutic and healing. But learning this level of vulnerability takes time, patience and practice for the residents. What we pray for is that by leaning into Gods word they find healing in places they typically had found only darkness.

Prayer and Fasting Update

On February 13th, the Reset community set aside the day to pray and fast for everyone involved with Reset. We wanted to lift up the residents, graduates, volunteers and leadership to be blessed and protected from the enemy.

Several of our graduates and residents have been under attack. Our prayers for them come from Ephesians 6:11.

‘Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.’

We know that addiction can be powerful, but we know that God can conquer all things through Jesus.

As Grant shared on Facebook recently, we want to use Luke 11: 5 – 13 as our guide in prayer. God wants us to ask for big things and to be bold. We believe He has plans for us to have a greater impact in the community and we are seeking His guidance on moving forward.

To culminate the day a group of thirteen men and women got together at the men’s house. We prayed and leaned heavily into the Holy Spirit as He surrounded us. It was a powerful experience that will have a lasting impact on Reset! Thank you to everyone who participated throughout the day. Together we are changing lives.

A week in the life of a Reset resident

Everyone who comes to Reset is on their own journey, but they do share some common goals. Healing, hope, and purpose for a brighter future. The program at Reset helps each resident pursue their true purpose in life. Each week, residents are working toward a brighter future.

What’s in a typical week?

In addition to working there is a lot going on.

 

Monday: Individual budget meetings, dinner and bible study.

Tuesday: Outside meetings (Celebrate recovery, AA, NA)

Wednesday: Meeting with house director (as needed), assigned chores around the house.

Thursday: Individual budget/case management. Afternoon music therapy sessions. Evening

House/Life Skills Meeting followed by a recovery meeting.

Friday: Outside group meetings. (Celebrate recovery, AA, NA, or church small group)

Saturday: Outside group meetings, Saturday evening church service.

Sunday: Church service.

 

As you can see life is busy at Reset. We want the residents to learn new life skills, learn how to be accountable by working with a coach and the house director while pursuing sobriety and a relationship with God.

 

Reset Receives Grant From Staples

We are very excited to share some great news today about Reset. Here is part of a note we recently received and wanted to share.

Congratulations! After careful review, we are pleased to let you know that R 3 Restorations has been approved for funding from Staples Foundation in the amount of $1,000 in support of Reset Ministries. Your commitment to improving the local community aligns with Staples’ goal of enriching the areas where our associates and customers live and work.

The grant comes through Staples 2 Million & Change program. Here is some additional information about the program.

We are incredibly excited and can’t wait to put this funding towards the continued work at Reset!

Support Reset Everytime You Buy From Amazon

Did you know that you can support Reset each and every time you make a purchase at Amazon.com? It’s true, the website that many of us use for tons of shopping gives back a little bit every time you make a purchase using their Smile program. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

Click here to learn more about the Amazon Smile program.

Here are a few details worth mentioning that help explain Amazon Smile.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

To get started, just go to smile.amazon.com and sign in to your Amazon account. Then search for Reset, we are listed as R-3 Restorations.

Once you’re signed up, just make sure you search and buy on Amazon using the smile.amazon.com url and you’ll start to contribute!

Or, if you already have us set as your charity, go here and start shopping.

 

Most products are eligible for the donation, but some are not, so you’ll know for sure when you see the “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product page.